Holy Week @ Home: Palm Sunday, March 28
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On Palm Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem where he is heralded by his followers as king and messiah. At this Mass we begin the liturgy by reading this scripture passage of this event. In the Gospels, Jesus entered Jerusalem riding a donkey. His followers offered him praise and threw clothes, and palm branches, in front of him as a sign of homage and respect. Palm branches were widely recognized symbols of peace and victory. The use of a donkey was highly symbolic, it represented the humble arrival of someone in peace, as opposed to arriving on a steed in war.
At the start of the Mass we all carry palms, process into Church and say/sing “Hosanna!” to participate in a recreation of the scene we hear in the Gospel. We also read the passion narrative to prepare ourselves for this holiest of weeks in our year to reflect on Jesus’ final days and the saving action of his passion and death.
Prayer of the Day
Listen to Monsignor's Message for the Week, which always includes a spiritual component for your reflection:
Action of the Day
“Those preceding him as well as those following kept crying out, ‘Hosanna. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” -Mk 11:9
Place palm branches in a place where they will remind you to give praise to Jesus Christ each day this week.
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Content adapted from Sadlier and Catholic Relief Services resources.